Vero Majano’s

Remember Los Siete

World Premiere, April 26 & 27 2019 - 8pm @Brava Theater, SF

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I want to archive this in your memory…

In 1969, seven Central American young men were accused of killing a white police officer in San Francisco’s Mission district. Latino youth organized to free Los Siete and a movement flourished.

In “Remember Los Siete,” Vero Majano, a born and raised Mission artist, weaves her personal story into her exploration into these seven men’s lives.

Using rare archival 16mm footage, music performance and personal narration, Majano creates a live cinema experience that asks the question: does “all power to the people” include forgiveness?

In April 2019, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Los Siete, Brava Center for the Arts is pleased to present the World Premiere of “Remember Los Siete.”

Artwork by Yolanda Lopez

 
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Vero Majano

Vero Majano is a queer Latina artist born and raised in San Francisco's Mission District. Her works are steeped in film, performance, visual culture, and storytelling. She works to archive, curate, reinterpret, and rehistoricize Latino culture in San Francisco’s Mission District for broad audiences to tell and include complex stories of the Mission in the City’s memory and history. Her live cinema projects include archival footage, photographs, interviews, storytelling and film through a personal lens.

She has performed and her work has screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Guggenheim Museum in New York and Pop-Up Magazine. She has received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation Media Fellowship, the Puffin Foundation, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, and the Free History Project. In addition to her found footage work with the Caca Colectiva, Majano is co-founder of Mission Media Archives, which collects and preserves audio and films shot in San Francisco’s Mission district during the 1970s and ’80s. Some of this footage was featured in “Why I Ride Low and Slow,” a documentary about the lowrider scene in the Mission. Majano was a past resident at the Djerassi Resident Artist program and future 2019 resident at the Headlands Center for the Arts. 

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Mary Guzman, Director

Mary Guzmán has directed one-person shows including Julia Jackson Children are Forever:  All Sales are Final winner of Best Non-Fiction Show Award at the United Solo Festival and Tina D’Elia’s The Rita Hayworth of this Generation which won Best of Sold Out Show and Best of at San Francisco Fringe Festival.  

Guzmán has also worked with theater companies Crowded Fire in San Francisco and Shotgun Players in Berkeley. She also recently directed Ghost Limb by Iowa Playwrights Workshop MFA Playwright Marisela Treviño Orta at Brava Theater. 

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greg landau, musical director

Greg Landau is a San Francisco-based music and video producer and an instructor of music and Latin American Studies focused on the social movements that produced revolutionary music and art. He has produced eight Grammy nominated records, more than 80 CDs, and numerous film scores including serving as Music Supervisor of the film, “La Mission.” He was raised in the Mission District.

As Executive Producer at Starmedia, Landau has produced videos with Christina Aguilera, Carlos Santana, Los Lobos, and Sub-Comandante Marcos. He has worked with artists including Buena Vista Social Club's Juan de Marcos Gonzalez, Susan Baca, Bobi Cespedes, Dr Loco, Pete Seeger, Omar Sosa, John Santos, Quetzal, Los Mocosos, poet Piri Thomas, and David Byrne's record label Luaka Bop.

 

Vero Majano's

Remember Los siete

Premieres 4.26 & 4.27.19 8pm @ Brava Theater, SF

 

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Calendar of Related 50th Anniversary Events

Brava’s presentation of Vero Majano’s Remember Los Siete in one event in a series commemorating 50 years of resistance from Los Siete until today. Please see below for the full schedule of community events:

APRIL 5 – MAY 17
The Community Rises: 50 years of  Cultura y Resistencia from Los Siete to Today

ACCIÓN LATINA JUAN R. FUENTES GALLERY
50 years ago, the arrest of seven young Central American men from the Mission District galvanized a movement and helped define a radical politics of self-determination. Join Acción Latina for an art exhibition and series of talks on the movement aesthetics and cultural resistance of Yolanda M. Lopez, Donna James Amador, the Basta! Ya! and the Los Siete Defense Committee.

Friday, April 5 - 6pm
Opening Reception

Wednesday, May 1 - 6pm
Free Public Plática: 50 years of Gentrification and Displacement from, from BART and urban renewal to tech shuttles and the Monster.

Wednesday, May 15 - 6pm
Free Public Plática: 50 years of Defending Black and Brown Youth, from Los Siete to Alex Nieto, Luis Góngora Pat and Mario Woods.

For more information and gallery hours, please visit accionlatina.org/fuentesgallery.

Saturday APRIL 6, 11AM – 2PM 

Los Siete de la Raza Bicycle History Tour

With Bicis del Pueblo/PODER SF and Shaping San Francisco

MEET @ 24TH STREET & BALMY ALLEY

Explore the sites where a creative and militant social movement response took hold after police arrested six young Latino men for the May 1, 1969 murder of an undercover cop on Alvarado Street. Trace the history of the mobilization, the sites where newspapers, health clinics, and more were produced.

Tour ends at 2 pm at Accíon Latina exhibit, with plática.

Helmets required for under 18. Bring your own bike & water. Moderate paced ride for all ages. Bilingual Spanish/English 

Donations appreciated. For more information and to RSVP, please visit shapingsf.org/tours.html#lossiete.

Saturday, APRIL 13, 6PM

Poetry of Resistance and Remembrance

BRAVA’S CABARET, 2773 24TH STREET

Presented in conjunction with Acción Latina and the Paseo Artístico free community art stroll. 

Original Los Siete de la Raza organization members join younger generations to remember resisting injustice 50 years ago and continuing the fight to live free today. DJ Leydis will also be in the house, and Brava’s Cabaret bar will be open.

Click here for more information.

Thursday, APRIL 18, 11AM – 1PM

Free Public Conversation 

SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY
Special Collections Reading Room

Additional details TBA.

Saturday, MAY 8, 7:30PM

The Women of Los Siete de la Raza

 
518 VALENCIA STREET (NEAR 16TH)
A Free Public Talk presented by Shaping San Francisco 
Co-hosted by California Historical Society 

 50 years after the arrest of seven young men from the Mission District galvanized a movement, women gather who were active in creating the multi-faceted community response that grew out of the Los Siete Defense Committee. From Basta Ya!—the newspaper—to Centro de Salud and La Raza Information Center and a free breakfast program, explore a lasting legacy in this plática including Donna James Amador, Yolanda M. Lopez, Judy Drummond, Maria Elena Ramirez, Nilda Alverio, and author Marjorie Heins (Strictly Ghetto Property). Eva Martínezmoderates.

For more information, please visit shapingsf.org.